New to KIN

Have you been admitted to the Bachelor of Kinesiology program for September 2020?

Then you have come to the right spot to find all the information that you need to start your journey with us here in the School of Kinesiology at UBC! When you are thinking about steps to get started, here are the main areas that we recommend to consider:

  • Getting Settled
  • Academic Planning
  • Orientations
  • Gaining Experience
  • Support & Resources



With the start of Term 1 just around the corner, we welcome you to also explore the following resources that may help you better prepare for the year ahead:

  • KIN 101: Welcome to the BKIN Program – sign up to kinnect with KIN faculty and staff, and get important information on the year ahead
  • New to UBC – guide and checklist on all the important things for your start on the UBC journey
  • Keep Learning – getting prepared for learning online
  • Guide to Canvas – learn more about your online portal for courses
  • Mental Health Resources during COVID-19 – taking care of your mental health while studying online
  • Textbooks – find information about getting the textbooks required for your courses
  • KIN Course Outlines – see if your course outline has already been updated for Term 1 (you will eventually receive these and more details on your Canvas course portals as they become available at the start of term, as well)
  • UBC IT – in case you experience any technical difficulties with your CWL (Campus Wide Login), connecting to VPN, etc.
    • Alibaba Global Accelerator – More information for students connecting to their UBC online courses from China, who now have access to an internet connection to help improve access to online learning resources.

Getting Settled

Your first steps to calling UBC Vancouver your new home.

Accepting your offerInternational students:
Applying for a Study Permit
Financial planningHousing 

Academic Planning

Whether you are a new first-year student or a new transfer student — get in touch with us!

Connect with the KIN Advising Office for an advising appointment to speak with an academic advisor and go over details of your degree, stream requirements, and course planning. Let’s get you started on the right track!

If you are an International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP), or A-Levels student coming in to KIN, you may be eligible to receive first-year university credit for your IB/AP/A-Levels courses.
See what credits you will receive
If UBC Admissions has received your documentation and granted you first-year credits, you should be able to see this on your SSC under Grades & Records > Transfer Credits.
If you are missing credits and they are not yet posted on your SSC, please contact UBC Admissions.
To see how we would apply your first-year credits towards your overall degree, please speak with an advisor in KIN Advising.

If you are a student who is transferring from a different post-secondary institution, transferring from a different faculty at UBC, or are entering as a second-degree student, you are eligible to apply a maximum of 60 transfer credits towards the 120 total credits required for your BKIN degree (within the requirements of your stream choice). Keep in mind that you should expect to complete a minimum of 60 credits while registered as a UBC KIN student, and may require more depending on stream requirements.
All transfer students are required to get in touch with KIN Advising to clarify how their transfer credits are being applied towards their overall degree, and to determine their remaining credits in order to be eligible for graduation.

Registration Date & Time

You will be emailed with your assigned registration date & time about 1 week before your registration opens. You can also check your SSC regularly for up-to-date registration information.
You can find the general date range for when registration opens up for your year standing here:
Registration Dates

Watch the BKIN First-Year Registration Video

Learn the basics about registering for your first-year and course planning for your BKIN degree, including how to make a Worklist - a rough 'draft' of your course registration.
Transfer students: You can still watch the video for useful information on how to create a Worklist and prepare for registration on your SSC, so we encourage you to watch it, too!

Worklist Tip Sheet

Credit Exclusion Lists

Credit Exclusion Lists provide a list of courses in which there is sufficient overlap that credit may be obtained for only one selection. This does not imply that courses listed together are interchangeable. Program specifications may require a specific course selection. For courses under the KIN Credit Exclusion List, you should aim to complete the indicated KIN course rather than the other non-KIN courses listed.
KIN Credit Exclusion ListScience Credit Exclusion List

Program Planning Sheets & Program Checks

When planning out the 120 credits required for your BKIN degree, you can refer to the Program Planning Sheets available for each stream on our Stream Requirements page.
Stream Requirements

Being new to the KIN program, you will automatically receive a copy of your personal program sheet during your advising appointment. If you have already had your first appointment and have registered for courses, you can fill out a Program Check Request Form to receive an updated sheet.

Friendly reminders: Degree Navigator is not compatible with the KIN degree. If you ever wish to see your progress on your degree and remaining credits to complete, please request a Program Check from the KIN Advising Office.

For advising purposes, Credit/D/Fail must be discussed with an advisor. Students must have an advising appointment and receive approval before selecting this option for a course.

Full Courses/Waitlist Procedure for KIN courses

If both Term 1 and Term 2 sections of a KIN course is full, you can register for the Waitlist. If the Waitlist for a KIN course is full, please contact the KIN Advising Office to inquire about being ‘forced’ onto the Waitlist.
Note that KIN Advising does not have control over registration for non-KIN courses. If you are having difficulties registering for a non-KIN course, you may need to contact the respective department of the course.

KIN ‘Blocked’ Status Registration Period

Once Term 1 begins, registration for all KIN courses is usually ‘blocked’. Because of this, it is very important to think carefully before dropping or switching courses, as you will not be able to add a course if it is showing as ‘blocked’ status. If you wish to inquire about being added in to a KIN course during this time, please contact the KIN Advising Office.

By meeting with an academic advisor from the KIN Advising Office, you can ensure that you have a solid understanding of your degree requirements, stream choices, and course planning.

We recommend that you request an advising appointment well-before your registration date and time so that we can make sure that you start off on the right track. We are currently conducting all advising appointments by Skype video call.
Request Advising Appointment

Make sure to be aware of term dates, holidays, tuition and fee deadlines, general withdrawal date deadlines for most courses, and other important dates using the helpful links below.
Dates & DeadlinesTuition Refund Dates for Course Withdrawal*Note that the last day to withdraw with or without a 'W' standing is listed on each course description page on the SSC, and indicates the latest date you can withdraw from a course.


We can’t wait to get to know you at these exciting orientation events!

*In light of guidelines in place due to COVID-19, the events listed below may look different for 2020W, but we will keep this page updated as more information becomes available.

Update: As in years past, this multi-day academic orientation program will give you the chance to meet other first-year students before classes start, spend time with senior peers and a professor from your Faculty, and learn more about the UBC services available to you.

What's different this year is that Jump Start will be entirely online. We'll be using tools like Canvas (an online learning platform), Zoom, social media, discussion boards, and group chats to connect.

Register and reserve your spot before July 13th!

The first day of classes is replaced with Imagine UBC. The entire UBC community comes together to welcome new students and celebrate the beginning of the new academic year. You’ll have a chance to make friends and meet our Director, professors, and senior students from the School.
Update: On Tuesday, September 8, start imagining the possibilities! This year, you will be able to enjoy Imagine UBC virtually, wherever you are in the world.

The Kinesiology Transition Program (KTP) provides programming and support for new and transfer students to ensure a successful and supportive transition into the Kinesiology community.
Read more

Gaining Experience

Getting involved, participating in the KINmunity (KIN community), and gaining experience can be just as important as your academics to get the most out of your undergraduate degree.

*In light of guidelines in place due to COVID-19, the activities listed below may look different for 2020W, but we will keep this page updated as more information becomes available.

Whether you get involved in orientations, student government, outreach, committees or other on-campus programs, there are tons of opportunities to become a stronger and more effective leader while making a positive impact on the lives of others at UBC and beyond.

The KUS stands for the Kinesiology Undergraduate Society. In other words, it includes all Kinesiology Undergraduate students plus the KUS Executive team that works to represent all Kinesiology students as a whole.

Find out about upcoming events and student services, or apply for a volunteer student leadership position.

The UBC Kinesiology Co-op Program is an opportunity to build on your present success in academics and prepare you for transition to the workplace in an environment focused on learning and support.

The Co-op Program will provide training and coaching before, during, and after your work terms to ensure you are not only getting work experience, but also building understanding about workplace culture and transferrable skills.

Both programs provide unique experiential learning opportunities to engage the next generation of leaders in Kinesiology, and rich experiential physical activity environments to engage local communities and specialized populations. Driven by evidence-based practices and supported through the expertise of the School, programs range from positive sport and physical literacy development for children of all ages and abilities, to the prevention of chronic disease in middle age and older adults, to overall health and well-being promotion.

Lab Crawls are 90 minute events that introduce Kinesiology undergraduate students to the diverse range of research that is being conducted within the School. Tour up to three (3) labs, meet the professors, researchers, graduate students and lab assistants to find out about their work and interact with cutting-edge equipment and technologies in our field. Lab Crawls are also a great opportunity to find out about different ways you can get involved in research as a volunteer, participant and more.

A Kinesiology Research Forum is a 90 minute event designed to provide undergraduate students insight into the broad array of research being conducted within the School of Kinesiology. By connecting with faculty and research opportunities in all five Kinesiology streams (Neuromechanical; Psychology of Sport, Physical Activity & Health; Socio-Cultural Studies; Systems Biology, Exercise & Health; Education for Physical Activity, Health, and Sport) you can expand your learning community, gain exposure to ground breaking research and find out about different ways you can get KINvolved and KINnected with research.

The KIN Career Fair is a one day event in January featuring a variety of employers, designed connect students with prospective employers, alumni and graduate schools to explore job and career opportunities.

Support & Resources

Wondering what is available to you as a UBC KIN student? Here are some quick links to valuable support systems and resources.

Enrolment & Finance

Enrolment ServicesPaying TuitionTuition Refund Date DeadlinesFirst-Year Costs & CalculatorStudent LoansScholarships, Awards & Prizes

Academic Support

KIN Advising OfficeAcademic ConcessionKIN Peer Academic SupportUBC Academic SupportCentre for Accessibility

Career Development

Career PathsKIN Co-op OfficeKIN Mentorship ProgramKIN Job & Volunteer OpportunitiesCentre for Student Involvement & Careers (CSIC)KIN Research

Getting Involved

KIN Outreach: Active KidsKIN Outreach: BodyWorksKUS (KIN Undergraduate Society)UBC ClubsSports & RecreationCentre for Community Engaged LearningInternational Experiences & Go Global / Exchange

Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing ResourcesWellness CentreCounselling ServicesMental health resources during COVID-19

Indigenous Student Resources

Indigenous PortalAwards for Aboriginal StudentsFirst Nations LonghouseX̱wi7x̱wa Libraryxʷc̓ic̓əsəm: Indigenous Health Research and Education GardenIndian Residential School History and Dialogue CentreUndergraduate Aboriginal Student Handbook 2020

International Student Resources

International Student GuidePrepare to ArriveAdjusting to Life in Canada

Practical Resources

Dates & DeadlinesGuide to using CanvasPreparing to learn onlineMap & WayfindingVirtual Campus TourTransportationAccessibility at UBCPlaces to StudyPlaces to Eat

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